It is very difficult to be objective when discussing about used car prices Australia wide. Everyone has a different experience and different perceptions.
The prices can vary by states and cities too.
You actually lose a whopping amount of money just when your new car leaves the driveway of the dealership.
So you might be better off choosing good used cars rather than new ones.
As a new expat in Australia, buying a second hand car is your best option.
You are getting more value for your dollars at a time when you need to save rather than spend.
Plus you are just entering the market. You can upgrade to a new car later.
Keep in mind the basic factors that influence the price of a used car when you start doing your research:
Here are some tips to help you understand more about Australian cars and their prices:
Based on our own observations and experience and on discussions with our friends and contacts these are our conclusions:
We visited several of the car auction places in Sydney and bought our first car at one of them for $4500. It was not on our short list but proved to be good value.
We bought two more privately. One was cheap and bad so we got rid of it quickly. The other was a 10 year old model with very low mileage and very well maintained. As per the ad, it had a lady owner who used it only for shopping around the corner. Quite a good buy.
Then we purchased a 2 year old model from a dealer, more expensive but better.
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